July102014
priceofliberty:

16-year-old girl says her rape went viral: ‘I’m just angry’ 
Editor’s note: It is not our policy to identify rape victims, but Jada, with her mom’s blessing, told KHOU 11 News she did not want us to hide her identity. She says she has nothing to hide and wants the people who did it to be caught.
A young girl named Jada never thought twice about accepting what seemed like a harmless impromptu invite to the home of a friend of a friend last month.
“Just kids hanging out,” said Jada. “I just got swooped into it.”
But what happened inside the home became a nightmare for the 16-year-old high school junior.
“I had no control,” said Jada. “I didn’t tell anyone to take my clothes off and do what they did to me.”
Jada said the teenage boy hosting the gathering offered her a drink of punch. She believes he spiked it with a drug.  She claims she passed out and had no clue about what had happened until disturbing tweets, pictures and videos started to appear on social media.
Jada said she was raped that night. Kids have been sharing them with their cell phones.
"Everybody knows,” said Jada. “And everybody’s texting me are you OK? You’re going to be OK, and I was like alright.”
Houston Police are investigating Jada’s claims. Her mom asked not to be identified.
“No one’s daughter deserved this,” said Jada’s mother. “No human being deserved this.”
In a way, it’s as though Jada’s been assaulted twice, both inside the house and online. And even though it’s the policy of KHOU 11 News not to identify rape victims, Jada refused to hide.
"There’s no point in hiding,” she said. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”
In the meantime, Jada remains haunted by the reminders and in pain. She’s hoping police make an arrest soon.
“I’m just angry,” said Jada.

priceofliberty:

16-year-old girl says her rape went viral: ‘I’m just angry’

Editor’s note: It is not our policy to identify rape victims, but Jada, with her mom’s blessing, told KHOU 11 News she did not want us to hide her identity. She says she has nothing to hide and wants the people who did it to be caught.

A young girl named Jada never thought twice about accepting what seemed like a harmless impromptu invite to the home of a friend of a friend last month.

“Just kids hanging out,” said Jada. “I just got swooped into it.”

But what happened inside the home became a nightmare for the 16-year-old high school junior.

“I had no control,” said Jada. “I didn’t tell anyone to take my clothes off and do what they did to me.”

Jada said the teenage boy hosting the gathering offered her a drink of punch. She believes he spiked it with a drug. She claims she passed out and had no clue about what had happened until disturbing tweets, pictures and videos started to appear on social media.

Jada said she was raped that night. Kids have been sharing them with their cell phones.

"Everybody knows,” said Jada. “And everybody’s texting me are you OK? You’re going to be OK, and I was like alright.”

Houston Police are investigating Jada’s claims. Her mom asked not to be identified.

“No one’s daughter deserved this,” said Jada’s mother. “No human being deserved this.”

In a way, it’s as though Jada’s been assaulted twice, both inside the house and online. And even though it’s the policy of KHOU 11 News not to identify rape victims, Jada refused to hide.

"There’s no point in hiding,” she said. “Everybody has already seen my face and my body, but that’s not what I am and who I am.”

In the meantime, Jada remains haunted by the reminders and in pain. She’s hoping police make an arrest soon.

“I’m just angry,” said Jada.

June292014
April222014
praying with my distant cousins today. Pachamama will not stand for this corruption.
praying with my distant cousins today. Pachamama will not stand for this corruption.

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April62014

thee-renaissance-man:

blackculture:

Congressman Bobby Rush dons a hoodie in support of Trayvon Martin, violating House dress code. 

Never forget


 

(via simply-war)

March152014
January102014
freececemcdonald:

Dear CeCe McDonald supporters, The rumors are true: CeCe is scheduled to be released from prison in January. She will wait and write a public statement about her release after she gets out of prison, because she wants to tell you all in her own words and own time. She would like to spend her first days out in privacy, with people she feels close to. Again, information about her release will be shared when CeCe feels it is the right time to do so. In the meantime, she and her support committee ask everyone to be patient.  We are excited to throw her a party, the weekend after her release. As soon as the venue and date are confirmed, we will announce! This party is a chance for everyone who has been supporting CeCe to come out and celebrate her release with her.  Many of you are eager to send contributions of money or materials, to aid in her transition home. Keep an eye on the FreeCece Mcdonald Facebook page for specific ‘asks’ in the future. Right now, because of the incredible support of her community here in Minneapolis and around the world, she will be safe, comfortable, and cared for when she rejoins us. Please consider sending a donation to other incarcerated people or abolition movements. (Check out the Rainbow Defense Fund http://rainbowdefensefund.wordpress.com/). Thanks everyone for supporting CeCe, and for supporting her now in the way she most needs: with your patience.  ~ CeCe Support Committee

freececemcdonald:

Dear CeCe McDonald supporters,

The rumors are true: CeCe is scheduled to be released from prison in January. She will wait and write a public statement about her release after she gets out of prison, because she wants to tell you all in her own words and own time. She would like to spend her first days out in privacy, with people she feels close to. Again, information about her release will be shared when CeCe feels it is the right time to do so. In the meantime, she and her support committee ask everyone to be patient.

We are excited to throw her a party, the weekend after her release. As soon as the venue and date are confirmed, we will announce! This party is a chance for everyone who has been supporting CeCe to come out and celebrate her release with her.

Many of you are eager to send contributions of money or materials, to aid in her transition home. Keep an eye on the FreeCece Mcdonald Facebook page for specific ‘asks’ in the future. Right now, because of the incredible support of her community here in Minneapolis and around the world, she will be safe, comfortable, and cared for when she rejoins us. Please consider sending a donation to other incarcerated people or abolition movements. (Check out the Rainbow Defense Fund http://rainbowdefensefund.wordpress.com/).

Thanks everyone for supporting CeCe, and for supporting her now in the way she most needs: with your patience.

~ CeCe Support Committee

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December222013

reclaimingthebraziliantag:

Rio Carnaval Parade of Série A.

Ariadna Thalia da Silva Arantes, first trans woman ever to be the upfront Queen of Bateria at an official Carnaval Parade. She was representing the Escola de Samba Unidos de Vila Santa Tereza.

(via nayyirahwaheed)

December42013

youngblackandvegan:

thechanelmuse:

Vanessa VanDyke has amazing hair. Point blank. But it’s her hair that may cause her to get expelled from school. Faith Christian Academy in Orlando told the 12-year-old that she has a week to decide if she’s going to cut her hair, straighten it, or get kicked out.

Vanessa has attended Faith Christian Academy since she was in the third grade, but the school’s s code has rules against how students can wear their hair. The handbook reads: “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” and goes on to state examples that include, but are not limited to, mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails.

The distraction that the school is probably referring to when it speaks of Vanessa’s hair has to do with bullying and teasing.

From Local 10 News Orlando:

“A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another,” said VanDyke’s mother, Sabrina Kent. “You can have a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?”

VanDyke said she’s had her large, natural hair all year long, but it only became an issue after the family complained about students teasing her about her hair.

“There have been bullies in the school,” said Kent. “There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me that they’re blaming her.”

“I’m depressed about leaving my friends and people that I’ve known for a while, but I’d rather have that than the principals and administrators picking on me and saying that I should change my hair,” said VanDyke.

Source.

(via yellowxperil)

9AM
thepeoplesrecord:

#Not1more strikes again: California youth protest for-profit immigration detention centerNovember 25, 2013
Three young adults chained their necks with bicycle locks to the front gates of the newly reopened Adelanto Detention Center, a for-profit immigrant prison in California.
Since its reopening in 2011, Adelanto has become the largest immigrant detention center in California. It’s privately owned and run by GEO Group Inc., a for-profit prison corporation. Adelanto is already known for its “segregation cells,” a form of solitary confinement. The privately-owned prison has 1,200 beds to hold migrants who are either waiting for a ruling on their immigration cases or to be deported from the country.
The three young women are part of the Empire Inland-Immigrant Youth Coalition. The action was organized to support three family members currently detained inside the prison, with the broader demand to end inhumane incarceration and release everyone detained in time for the holiday season.
“We need a moratorium on deportations, deferred action for all, and the end of inhumane treatment,” said Luis Serrano of the Coalition.
Today’s action is part of the broader national #Not1more campaign intended to pressure President Obama to take administrative relief and halt deportations. Since he has taken office in 2008, nearly two million people have been deported, more than during any other time in U.S. history. The #Not1more campaign is behind the escalating national movement to use direct action to stop deportations, which include shutdowns of ICE detention centers across the country.
Source

thepeoplesrecord:

#Not1more strikes again: California youth protest for-profit immigration detention center
November 25, 2013

Three young adults chained their necks with bicycle locks to the front gates of the newly reopened Adelanto Detention Center, a for-profit immigrant prison in California.

Since its reopening in 2011, Adelanto has become the largest immigrant detention center in California. It’s privately owned and run by GEO Group Inc., a for-profit prison corporation. Adelanto is already known for its “segregation cells,” a form of solitary confinement. The privately-owned prison has 1,200 beds to hold migrants who are either waiting for a ruling on their immigration cases or to be deported from the country.

The three young women are part of the Empire Inland-Immigrant Youth Coalition. The action was organized to support three family members currently detained inside the prison, with the broader demand to end inhumane incarceration and release everyone detained in time for the holiday season.

“We need a moratorium on deportations, deferred action for all, and the end of inhumane treatment,” said Luis Serrano of the Coalition.

Today’s action is part of the broader national #Not1more campaign intended to pressure President Obama to take administrative relief and halt deportations. Since he has taken office in 2008, nearly two million people have been deported, more than during any other time in U.S. history. The #Not1more campaign is behind the escalating national movement to use direct action to stop deportations, which include shutdowns of ICE detention centers across the country.

Source

(Source: thepeoplesrecord, via salviaapiana)

September22013
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July182013
queerandbrown:

On the Saturday night acquittal of George Zimmerman, a group of queer black women in Pittsburgh called for a community gathering to recognize the injustice of the verdict. I created this image on Sunday morning from pain, tears and frustration over Trayvon Martin’s senseless murder. The posters and t-shirts generated were printed to share with the people of Pittsburgh who condemn the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman and to express solidarity with every black victim of injustice.
On Monday afternoon I posted a photograph of posters and t-shirts to our blog and received over a thousand reblogs, likes and sales inquiries. Although I view this response as an affirmation of dissatisfaction with the verdict, I do not want to profit from this injustice. My stance is a rejection of a white supremacist capitalist system in which profit could be made from a black person’s death. This image is not for sale. Rather, I want to share it under a Creative Commons license which allows you to freely copy, distribute and transmit the image. You may not use this image for commercial purposes. You may not alter, transform or build upon this image. If you distribute this image online please attribute it to: www.queerandbrown.com.
Click here for a high-resolution PDF file.
The image I’ve created references Aura Bogado’s brilliant article, White Supremacy Acquits George Zimmerman. In it Bogado speaks to the ideology of white supremacy that taught Zimmerman that suspicious black men in his neighborhood were automatically “assholes who always get away.” I encourage the hundreds of Tumblr users who have reblogged, liked or commented on my image to read it.
Ayanah, on behalf of Q&B

queerandbrown:

On the Saturday night acquittal of George Zimmerman, a group of queer black women in Pittsburgh called for a community gathering to recognize the injustice of the verdict. I created this image on Sunday morning from pain, tears and frustration over Trayvon Martin’s senseless murder. The posters and t-shirts generated were printed to share with the people of Pittsburgh who condemn the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman and to express solidarity with every black victim of injustice.

On Monday afternoon I posted a photograph of posters and t-shirts to our blog and received over a thousand reblogs, likes and sales inquiries. Although I view this response as an affirmation of dissatisfaction with the verdict, I do not want to profit from this injustice. My stance is a rejection of a white supremacist capitalist system in which profit could be made from a black person’s death. This image is not for sale. Rather, I want to share it under a Creative Commons license which allows you to freely copy, distribute and transmit the image. You may not use this image for commercial purposes. You may not alter, transform or build upon this image. If you distribute this image online please attribute it to: www.queerandbrown.com.

Click here for a high-resolution PDF file.

The image I’ve created references Aura Bogado’s brilliant article, White Supremacy Acquits George Zimmerman. In it Bogado speaks to the ideology of white supremacy that taught Zimmerman that suspicious black men in his neighborhood were automatically “assholes who always get away.” I encourage the hundreds of Tumblr users who have reblogged, liked or commented on my image to read it.

Ayanah, on behalf of Q&B

(Source: queerandbrown, via glasscoffin)

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